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Plenty of special sports moments to savor in 2023

Plenty of special sports moments to savor in 2023

It was another special season for Southwestern Randolph’s volleyball team and coach Darby Kennedy. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record) Here’s a look at some of the top sports-related story topics in Randolph County in 2023: ** The gym at Trinity High School was named in honor of longtime boys’ basketball coach Tim Kelly. ** Uwharrie Charter Academy’s wrestling team won the Class 1-A dual team state championship by defeating Avery County in Greensboro. ** Eastern Randolph’s Brecken Snotherly set a school record for points in a girls’ basketball game by posting 51 against Trinity. Snotherly had a stellar senior season before going…
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Eastern Randolph alum Cockman takes baseball coaching job

Eastern Randolph alum Cockman takes baseball coaching job

New Eastern Randolph baseball coach Nate Cockman talks with his Chatham-Randolph Pony League All-Star team earlier this month. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) RAMSEUR – Nate Cockman’s rise to a head coaching position in high school baseball happened faster than he envisioned. He’s grateful for that. He’s the new coach at Eastern Randolph. “It all happened pretty quick,” Cockman said. “The doors opened at once. I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough.” The 2017 graduate takes over at his alma mater because Brent Haynes left after one season. Haynes took the coaching job at Burlington Williams. Cockman had been coaching at Southeastern Randolph…
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Widespread success reshapes Eastern Randolph’s reputation

Widespread success reshapes Eastern Randolph’s reputation

Among the thrills for Eastern Randolph during the past school year came following a road victory against South Stokes in the boys’ basketball state playoffs as coach Johnny Thomas and the team celebrate. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)   RAMSEUR – Eastern Randolph had a different kind of school year in 2022-23. For athletics director Foster Cates, the perception of athletics at the school might be changing. That’s because the Wildcats advanced to the Class 1-A state championship game in boys’ basketball. That had never happened before. “It has been such a football and baseball dominant school forever,” Cates said. “I wanted…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kahlin Graham

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kahlin Graham

Eastern Randolph, baseball Graham played a variety of positions for the Wildcats, often in the infield as the third baseman. He also was listed as a pitcher. The Wildcats reached the Class 1-A West Region finals before falling to eventual state champion Uwharrie Charter Academy. Graham is set to continue playing baseball at Guilford College. ** During the summer, we recognize seniors from the past school year.
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Trinity’s Mowery picks Western Carolina – and might head there early

Trinity’s Mowery picks Western Carolina – and might head there early

Baseball player Landon Mowery of Trinity has made a college choice. (Bob Sutton / Randolph Record) THOMASVILLE – Landon Mowery has had an eye on becoming a Division I college baseball player for quite some time. From his perspective, there might be no sense in putting that off. Mowery, a Trinity standout, is considering reclassifying and heading to college a year early to join the Western Carolina program. Last week, he committed to play for the Catamounts and by the end of the week things had accelerated. “A big decision to be made,” Lowery said. “They want me to come…
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No speed traps: Cougars’ Cole burns at rapid clip

No speed traps: Cougars’ Cole burns at rapid clip

Southwestern Randolph’s Adam Cole runs behind teammate Eli Gravely during a 2022 football game. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Southwestern Randolph product seeks more fast times in football ASHEBORO – Adam Cole figured out pretty early that the best way to make an impression was to do it fast. He sprinted to a special high school career for Southwestern Randolph. It mostly came about through football and baseball, allowing his foot speed to set him apart. By his senior year, he became the face of the football program. “It’s kind of a role I have to take,” he said. “It’s not like…
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Mid-Piedmont Conference all-conference spring lists

Mid-Piedmont Conference all-conference spring lists

Tanner Marsh of Asheboro was named the Player of the Year for Mid-Piedmont Conference baseball. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Here’s a list of the Mid-Piedmont Conference’s major award winners plus Asheboro’s all-conference selections for spring sports: Baseball Player of the Year: Tanner Marsh (Asheboro) Pitcher of the Year: Garrett Roark (Ledford) Coach of the Year: Kevin Goss (Ledford) Asheboro: Connor Adams, Davis Gore, Tanner Marsh.   Boys’ golf Player of the Year: Aidan Wilson (Oak Grove) Coach of the Year: Randy Mercer (Ledford) Asheboro: David Elliott, Luke Payne   Girls’ soccer Offensive Player of the Year: Keelan Moore (North Davidson) Defensive Player of…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Carter Brown

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Carter Brown

UCA, baseball Brown continued his strong postseason play with a stellar Class 1-A championship series. He went 3-for-4 with a triple in the clinching game against North Moore on Saturday in Holly Springs. Combined with his one hit in Game 1, he was 4-for-7 in the state finals. That helped the junior right fielder be selected as the Most Valuable Player in the championship series.
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UCA stamps season as state champs

UCA stamps season as state champs

Coach Rob Shore, here during the Class 1-A state finals, directed Uwharrie Charter Academy to a state championship in his first season as head coach. (P.J. Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) HOLLY SPRINGS – Uwharrie Charter Academy’s baseball team looked the part of state champion. The Eagles kept their crisp play in place all the way through the Class 1-A state finals. UCA won the title for the second time in four seasons by sweeping North Moore in the best-of-3 series at Ting Stadium. Saturday’s clincher came in the form of an 8-1 victory with pitcher Brett Smith firing a five-hitter. He struck…
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